By the Numbers: Ten Labor Day Statistics
As millions across the country enjoy the last day of summer, we're giving you the hardcore numbers of the labor force.
Several people are off from work today celebrating and barbecuing what is the ceremonious end to summer.
But how much do we know about the holiday. Here’s some facts and figures compiled and provided by the U.S. Census Bureau to consider on Labor Day:
- 155.2 million people 16 and older were in the nation’s work force as of June 2012.
- 85 percent of full-time workers, ages 18-64, were covered by health insurance for all or part of 2010.
- 26.3 million female workers 16 and older are in management, business, science and arts occupations in 2010. Among male workers, 16 and older, 23.7 million were employed in management, professional and related occupations.
- 1.4 percent increase in employment in the United States between December 2010 and December 2011.
- 5.3 percent increase in Kern County, CA, between December 2010 and December 2011, which is the largest increase in employment among more than 300 of the largest counties. Harris County, Texas, had the highest level increase of 62,700 jobs.
- 5.9 million people worked from home in 2010.
- $47,715 and $36,931 are the figures for the 2010 real median earnings for male and female full-time, year-round workers, respectively.
- 76.6 percent of workers drove alone to work in 2010, while another 9.7 percent carpooled and 4.9 percent took public transportation.
- It took people on average 25.3 minutes to commute to work in 2010.
- 3.2 million workers had an extreme commute of 90 or more minutes each day in 2010.